For many people Christmas is the most special time of the year and is it any wonder? We spend hours preparing for it; stocking up with all our favourite foods, putting up a Christmas tree and, of course, buying and wrapping presents. But when should the buying of presents begin?
A survey by Goldsmiths, the jewellers has revealed some interesting statistics about Christmas shopping and when to start. Here we explore the various options.
Thrifty and Super Organised
Everyone knows somebody who starts their Christmas shopping during the January sales and while this may not be the most romantic strategy it is thrifty and super organised. Presents can be picked up cheaply and then stored away until the festive season rolls around again.
It could be argued, however, that by Christmas shopping this way, you run the risk of the presents being a little outdated or that it takes away from the fun of buying for Christmas and turns it into a post-Christmas blues bore.
Black Friday is the name given to an American tradition that has been adopted around the world. On Black Friday, which is usually the day after the American Thanks Giving holiday, retailers run promotions and sales in a hope to kick start the Christmas shopping season.
As Black Friday is at the end of November it offers a great opportunity for people to start buying Christmas presents. Festive cheer is creeping its way in by the end of November and the opportunity to save some pennies can be tempting.
Last Minute Dot Com
There are those who, no matter how organised they intend to be, will leave their Christmas shopping till the very last minute. Going out on Christmas Eve, when all of the decorations are up and people are finishing work for the holidays can be rather nice. Wandering in and out of shops, stopping off for a glass of mulled wine or maybe something sparkly.
And once the shopping has been done, it’s time to make your way home for a mince pie and some fervent gift wrapping.
The way we do our Christmas shopping and when we start, like some many other things in life, has a lot to do with the type of person you are and circumstance. Whether you are super organised or not really doesn’t matter, because when it comes to the giving of Christmas presents, it’s the thought that counts.